Policy statement - Recommendation for mandatory influenza immunization of all health care personnel

Henry H. Bernstein, Jeffrey R. Starke, Michael T. Brady, Carrie L. Byington, Kathryn Edwards, Margaret C. Fisher, Mary P. Glode, Mary Anne Jackson, Harry L. Keyserling, David W. Kimberlin, Yvonne Maldonado, Walter A. Orenstein, Gordon E. Schutze, Rodney E. Willoughby

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Abstract

The purpose of this statement is to recommend implementation of a mandatory influenza immunization policy for all health care personnel. Immunization of health care personnel is a critically important step to substantially reduce health care-associated influenza infections. Despite the efforts of many organizations to improve influenza immunization rates with the use of voluntary campaigns, influenza coverage among health care personnel remains unacceptably low. Mandatory influenza immunization for all health care personnel is ethically justified, necessary, and long overdue to ensure patient safety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)809-815
Number of pages7
JournalPediatrics
Volume126
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Children
  • Health care personnel
  • Immunization
  • Influenza
  • Mandatory
  • Pediatrics
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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